Building Moonships: The Grumman Lunar Module
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In 1961, after the United States had acquired a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience, President John F. Kennedy announced his plans for landing a man on the moon by 1970. The space race had begun. In 1962, after a strenuous competition, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation of Bethpage, Long Island, had won the contract to build the lunar module-the spacecraft that would take Americans to the moon. This was the first, and the only, vehicle designed to take humans from one world to another. Although much has been written about the first men to set foot on the moon, those first hesitant steps would not have been possible without the efforts of the designers and technicians assigned to Project Apollo. Building Moonships: The Grumman Lunar Module tells the story of the people who built and tested the lunar modules that were deployed on missions as well as the modules that never saw the light of day. This is the first publication to chronicle the visual history of the design, construction, and launch of the lunar module-one of the most historic machines in all of human history.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738535869
: Arcadia Publishing
: 06/23/2004
: New York
: Images of America
: 200
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Joshua Stoff, author of sixteen books on aviation and space history, is the curator of the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island and is a noted space historian. The book includes many never-before-published photographs from the extensive archives of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
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